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A History of Venice
     

A History of Venice

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by John Julius Norwich, Peter Dimock (Editor)
 

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As comprehensive as it is engaging, John Julius Norwich's A History of Venice is a complete history of "the most beautiful and magical of cities." This necessary volume traces the rise of Venice from its fifth-century origins through 1797 when Napoleon put an end to the thousand-year-old Republic.

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As comprehensive as it is engaging, John Julius Norwich's A History of Venice is a complete history of "the most beautiful and magical of cities." This necessary volume traces the rise of Venice from its fifth-century origins through 1797 when Napoleon put an end to the thousand-year-old Republic.

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At once the most comprehensive and the most engaging history of Venice available in English, this book will be treasured by all those who share the author's fascination with "the most beautiful and magical of cities."

"As a historian Lord Norwich knows what matters. As a writer he has a taste for beauty, a love of language and an enlivening wit.... He contrives, as no English writer has done before, to sustain a continuous interest in that crowded history." -- Hugh Trevor-Roper

"Will become the standard English work of Venetian history." -- C. P. Snow, Financial Times

"Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of this generation more in his debt than any other English writer." -- Peter Levi, The Sunday Times (London)

Library Journal
If Venice is your destination, you won't want to go without at least a dip into historian John Julius Norwich's A History of Venice (Vintage. 1989. ISBN 0-679-72197-5. pap. $25) and a full immersion into Jan Morris's less daunting The World of Venice (Harvest: Harcourt. 1995. ISBN 0-15-698356-7. pap. $16), where she applies her intelligence, wit, and insatiable curiosity to an in-depth exploration of this most fascinating of cities. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679721970
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1989
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
233,002
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.45(d)

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Meet the Author

John Julius Norwich is the author of many acclaimed works of history, including A History of Venice, Byzantium, and, most recently, Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century. He has also written and presented some thirty historical documentaries for BBC Television. Formerly chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, he now heads the World Monuments Fund in Britain.

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A History of Venice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This is a rare popular history: exciting, precise but not dense, covers the grand scope of venice from 800 to napolean. Filled with off-beat colorful vignettes, covers international affairs, domestic politics, venetian art, architecture, religion,etc. A literary caravan and feast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An accurate & historical book which makes the people come to life, is entertaining and teaches you a lot about European history I never learned in school or college. Excellent book.